Learn by Example: FM Synthesis

Frequency modulation (FM) is one of the most intricate forms of synthesis, with multiple oscillators interacting to form complex and dynamic timbres. Since its introduction to the mainstream in the early ‘80s, FM remains mysterious to many users, despite its prevalence in musical genres ranging from pop to dubstep to future house.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss the history of FM synthesis and deconstruct what’s actually going on under the hood of this powerful sound engine. Suitable for newcomers and advanced users alike, the session will explore how to compare elements of FM to familiar analog synthesis tools, and reveal little-known tricks and techniques to help make the most of your FM-based instruments.